Career Center

Our Mission

The purpose of the SCC at the Journal of Young Investigators is to promote the career development of young researchers through promotion of career choices in scientific fields that are undervalued and rapidly growing. College students with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) will make up the next generation of professional scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. It is these fields that are responsible for the economic and technological prosperity of our global society. By establishing the Science and Career Center (SCC), our hope is that with more adequate information, students will be better equipped to successfully pursue science-related careers.

Our History

Founded in 2004 with generous support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Science and Career Center has produced both articles featuring diverse science careers as well as interviews with professionals who have contributed greatly to their respective field of study.

Our Staff

The SCC is comprised of a small staff of highly qualified Journalists and SCC Editors. All staff members are undergraduates who contribute their time on an unpaid basis.  Our goal is to promote undergraduate involvement in STEM fields and help undergraduates understand what is happening in various branches of science careers.

SCC staff members spend hours conducting background research, interviewing science professionals, and compiling the results of their efforts into a collection of succinct, easy-to-read articles. The SCC features information on five branches of science careers: Academia, Government, Industry, Science Communication, and Teaching.

Our Goals

Because the SCC is a developing program, we will constantly be updating and adding stories over the next months. We look forward to providing more interviews, more articles, and up-to-date career outlook reports for our readers.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Director of the Career Center at We are always open to suggestions, and hope to make your career search easier!


JYI's novel peer-review process both ensures high professional standards and provides educational learning opportunities. Each submitted manuscript is carefully and methodically reviewed by at least two undergraduate associate editors working in conjunction with their faculty advisers. Most submitted manuscripts are reviewed within 4-6 weeks.
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